Shake Hands with Beef

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"Shake Hands With Beef"
Single by Primus
from the album Brown Album
Released 1997
Genre Alternative rock, funk metal, progressive rock, hard rock
Length 4:02
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, Bryan Mantia
Producer(s) Primus
Primus singles chronology
"Southbound Pachyderm"
"Shake Hands With Beef"
"Over the Falls"

"Shake Hands With Beef" is a single from the Brown Album by the Californian rock band Primus.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shake Hands With Beef" - 4:02

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Les Claypool, features him, Larry LaLonde, and new drummer Bryan Mantia dressed in orange and brown playing atop a garbage can, while a family grills up a dinner of hamburgers in front of their trailer home. At certain points, Claypool and LaLonde grow insect wings and buzz around the barbecue, only to get swatted at by the family members.

The video was recorded at a slower pace and sped up, making the band members appear to be making strange, jerky motions.

Other versions[edit]

The song was performed live for the first time with Bryan "Brain" Mantia on drums on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1997. An extended version of this song appears on Primus' "Best Of" album, They Can't All Be Zingers.


Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard Alternative Songs 34

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